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| Memorial Trees
| The Botanic Garden has been the recipient of many memorial trees and plantings over the years. We do our best to maintain these trees and help them flourish so that they will remain living honorials for family and friends. With continuous additions of such trees have come continuous additions of maintenance issues and concerns for how to carry this responsibility forward effectively. How can we ensure that memorial trees will survive and thrive through LMP implementation and the ongoing daily challenges of maintaining the collections as part of a dynamic and growing college campus? How do we protect our trees from the stresses of diseases, pests, droughts and storms, and repairs to campus infra-
structure? How can we ensure that a tree variety with a normal life span of 40 years will live to be 100 years old? In fact, we cannot ensure any of these things. We can do our best to select trees and site them where they will thrive, and where we
|do not expect disturbance. We can do our best to inform donors of the issues associated with using a live organism as a memorial. We can contact donors about damaged and lost memorial plantings and plans for replacement. We cannot, however, ensure that a given tree will live in perpetuity.
A college campus is a dynamic landscape with diverse and constantly changing demands and conditions-as is the New England climate! We were reminded of this by last year's storm on April 1, which destroyed or damaged many memorial trees along with hundreds of other trees in the gardens. Nature was indiscriminate in her punishment during that storm and it will take us many years to replace and repair those trees.
In light of these issues, we have instituted a new policy for the establishment of new memorial plantings on campus. Existing memorial plantings will continue to be maintained, as always, to the best of our ability. The new policy calls for a minimum donation that is necessary for us to ensure long-term maintenance of the planting. It also calls for extensive consultation with the Botanic Garden Director in coordination with College Advancement prior to any arrangements for donations or plantings. Please feel free to contact Kim Tripp directly if you have any questions about existing or proposed memorial plantings at Smith College.
| Wildflower Garden
|Parking is an increasingly pressing issue at Smith. The College is continually growing and more and more students are bringing cars to campus, yet the boundaries of campus remain fixed. The result is fewer available parking places. The LMP calls for construction of a parking garage to relieve some of the parking pressures on campus, and to minimize the area of campus devoted to parking lots. The Board of Trustees recently approved construction of a parking garage adjacent to central campus. The approved location on West Street is a practical site that will allow for ready access by the Smith community, help preclude new traffic flow problems, have minimum impact on the Botanic Garden||collections, and be consistent with the LMP.
The Botanic Garden continues to be very involved with this project-particularly as it will have a major impact on the Edith Branwell Reilly Hand Wildflower Garden. When it was announced that this area was being considered as a site for the new parking garage, the Botanic Garden viewed this as an opportunity to move the Wildflower Garden to a more auspicious and worthy location and to develop the plans and plantings for the Wildflower Garden in a new and revitalized incarnation.
We have selected a wonderful new site for the garden. A moist woodland glen near the pathway that runs between the Pond and the Japanese Garden and Tea Hut will provide an exceptional habitat, easier access for viewing and use, and the appropriate naturalistic, reflective environment for the Wildflower Garden. We are planning on moving plants and stonework from the existing Wildflower Garden in stages over the next year in coordination with parking garage work.
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